Responding to a statement made by certain Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs that they were not ready to get COVID vaccine from Army hospitals, Army Commander Gen. Shavendra Silva stressed that no Sri Lankan would refuse to receive the vaccines from military hospitals whereas only non – nationals could do so.
“We have a humanitarian military unit which is close to the people's hearts. Every Sri Lankan knows how committed the Army is towards the country's development and ensuring the security of its people apart from its prime duty," he underlined.
Army Commander said it was really pathetic to hear such statements being made by Tamil political leaders who represent the Tamil people.
“It is up to them to decide whether to abstain from getting the vaccine from Army hospitals. However, we treat all people alike, disregarding their caste, ethnicity or religious belief. However, we have no issue with their stance. We are giving the vaccine to these public representatives in the hope of protecting the Tamil population in Jaffna and other areas,” he added.